It’s no secret that composting is good for the environment, and while the process has been around for thousands of years, innovations in composting operations are creating stronger end-products that are helping to reverse climate change.

While the transformation of waste into organic soil conditioner can increase crop yields while reducing fertilizer and fungicide use, landfill waste and pollution, scientists have discovered the benefits of composting are far more significant than previously anticipated — so much so, in fact, that many believe composting should be at the very foundation of a sustainable future and economy.

However, not all compost is made equally. As we look to improve sustainable operations, new advancements, such as Persist biochar and Persist PAF from California-based VGrid Energy Systems, help composting go further by improving aeration, reducing bulk density and stimulating microbial activity — all of which increase temperatures and accelerate the composting process, driving throughput and profitability.

Modern advancements and first-hand research have enabled VGrid to super charge its patented Persist biochar. When used as a one-two punch with its co-product Persist PAF, a certified-organic plant enhancer, the benefits increase manifold.

For example, studies have found that biochar and PAF, when used together, can significantly reduce GHG emissions such as nitrous oxides, methane and ammonia from composting piles. This enhanced compost has reduced unpleasant odors and leaching, preserving nitrogen and other valuable nutrients in the compost.

By applying 10 percent Persist biochar and a 1:500 dilution of PAF, aeration increases with a significant boost in microbial activity and diversity in soil, as well as nutrient retention. It also promotes higher levels of humification while lowering bulk density and moisture loss. This acceleration matures compost faster, improving overall yields and lowering the long-term processing costs for composting operations. The result is better, safer and faster composting, with an end-product that has increased water-holding capacity and significantly improved plant yields and long-term soil health when used for planting.

Read the full article about composting by Greg Campbell at GreenBiz.